Joe Biden’s digital director for the US President-elect’s presidential campaign said Tuesday that Twitter had told the Biden team that it would “wipe out” followers of the official Twitter accounts of POTUS (President of the United States) and the White House, before they would be transferred to the new government.
According to The Hill, the move would be different from what the social media platform did in 2016, when the accounts were transferred from the administration of former President Barack Obama to the administration of outgoing President Donald Trump, the digital director said Biden Campaign, Rob Flaherty.
“In 2016, the Trump administrator added all of President Obama’s Twitter followers to @POTUS and @WhiteHouse – at the urging of Team 44,” Flaherty tweeted Tuesday. “In 2020, Twitter told us that the Biden administration had to start from scratch immediately.”
Twitter later released a statement confirming that the “@WhiteHouse, @POTUS, @VP, @FLOTUS, @PressSec, @Cabinet and @LaCasaBlanca” accounts would not automatically retain their existing followers after they posted on Jan. 20 The Biden administration was transferred – Biden’s Inauguration Day.
“Instead, Twitter will notify followers of those accounts to provide the context for archiving the content and giving them the ability to follow the new Biden administration accounts. For example, people who follow @WhiteHouse will be notified that the account will be was archived. ” @ WhiteHouse45 and given the option to follow the new @WhiteHouse account, “Twitter said.
The Hill said the company’s statement came after a back and forth between Flaherty and Twitter spokesman Nicholas Pacilio early Tuesday.
However, Pacilio would not confirm Flaherty’s statement Tuesday afternoon, saying the social media platform was still talking to the Biden transition team about transferring the accounts.
“Twitter has had ongoing discussions with the Biden transition team on a number of issues related to account transfers in the White House,” Pacilio said in a statement.
While duplicating his comment in response to Pacilio’s testimony, Flaherty tweeted that he was “happy to share the email thread we pushed back on and we were told that was clear”.
Pacilio replied, “Hey Rob, I’m not familiar with this!”
“According to the Biden transition team, Twitter will issue a one-time notification suggesting that users following Biden and elected Vice President Kamala Harris on Twitter follow the Transition46 account, which will be renamed WhiteHouse Account, but POTUS , FLOTUS and “PressSec” accounts start with zero followers, “reported The Hill.
The POTUS account has 33.2 million followers and the WhiteHouse account has an additional 26 million followers – that’s less than the number of followers Trump has (88.5 million) even if the followers of both accounts are combined.
It was further reported that once Trump leaves the White House, some of his future posts will be deleted.
A Twitter spokesperson previously confirmed that Trump’s account will be treated like any other after he leaves office.
“Twitter’s approach to world leaders, candidates and officials is based on the principle that people should be able to see what their leaders are saying in a clear context. This means that we apply warnings and labels as well.” Can limit exposure to certain tweets, “the spokesman said in November. as quoted by The Hill.
“This political framework applies to current world leaders and candidates for office and not to individuals who no longer hold those positions,” the spokesman added.
Trump may also run the risk of losing his blue tick as Twitter’s revised review process launches early next year. According to a published draft by Twitter, an account can lose its blue badge if it becomes inactive or repeatedly violates Twitter’s rules, according to The Hill.
“We have also added proposed criteria to automatically remove verification from an account if, for example, it is inactive or if the profile is incomplete, as well as reasons to deny or remove verification from certain qualified accounts that have been repeatedly found violations be the Twitter rules, “said Twitter in a blog post.
The electoral college’s final results were 306 for Biden and 232 for Trump. The votes of the electoral college will be submitted to the US Congress for review in a joint session, the final phase of the election, scheduled for January 6th.
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